Community Services

Emergency

Food

  • Eatonville Family Agency: 360-832-6805
    We provide a wide range of services such as food and clothing banks, DSHS outreach, rent and utility assistance, senior activities, respite care, school supplies, a backpack food program for school children and holiday baskets.
  • Emergency Food Network: 253-584-1040
    Provides nearly 13 million pounds of healthy, nutritious food annually at no cost to over 60 food banks, hot meal sites and shelters for distribution to low-income families and individuals.
  • Nativity House: 253-502-2780
    The largest, most comprehensive facility in Pierce County serving low-income and homeless adult men and women.
  • Nourish Pierce County: 253-383-3164
    Providing food for individuals in need with compassion, dignity and respect.
  • The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP): 360-725-6209
    A Federal program that helps supplement the diets of low-income Americans, including elderly people, by providing them with emergency food and nutrition assistance at no cost.
  • WIC (Women, Infants, and Children): 253-403-1349
    Provides supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five.

Parent & Family Support

  • CHADD (Children and Adults with AD/HD)
    A national non-profit, tax-exempt (Section 501(c)(3)) organization providing education, advocacy and support for individuals with ADHD.

  • Child and Family Web Guide
    A directory that evaluates, describes and provides links to hundreds of sites containing child development research and practical advice.
  • ChildCare Aware of Washington: 1-800-446-1114
    We help families find quality child care, preschool and after-school programs for their children as well as work with child care program owners, directors and teachers to improve the quality of their programs.
  • Common Sense Media 
    Dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology.
  • A Common Voice: 253-537-2145
    Our lived experience speaks truth into the complexities of parenting a child/youth with constant behavioral health care needs
  • Family Health Hotline: 1-800-322-2588
    We are here to help families and individuals connect to health and food resources.

  • PAVE: Parent to Parent: 1-800-5-PARENT
    Parent directed organization that works with families, individuals with disabilities, professionals and community members in all walks of life and with all types of disabilities.
  • Washington State Association of Head Start: 425-453-1227
    Created in 1965, Head Start is the most successful, longest-running, national school readiness program in the United States. It provides comprehensive education, health, nutrition, and parent involvement services to low-income children and their families.
  • Washington State Libraries: 360-704-5200
    Libraries in your community; Internet access available at most locations.

Programs & Activities for Children

  • Children’s Museum of Tacoma: 253-627-6031
    The Children’s Museum of Tacoma believes that play is the right of every child. From Preschool, to Play to Learn, to the Museum’s Pay As You Will program, the Children’s Museum of Tacoma celebrates the power of play in the lifelong journey of learning.
  • Metro Parks Tacoma: 253-305-1000
    Metro Parks Tacoma envisions a vibrant, active and engaged community and strives to create healthy opportunities to play, learn and grow.
  • Pierce County Library Reading Program
    Pierce County Library System’s 18 locations bring people together, enrich lives and provide children and adults with opportunities to learn.
  • Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium: 253-591-5337
    Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium (PDZA) is the only combined zoo and aquarium in the Pacific Northwest. Visitors who live at a Tacoma address will be admitted free on the Tacoma Resident Free Days listed (see website for dates). Please bring proof of residency.
  • Sounds Fun Mom!
    Fun for kids and families in the South Sound
  • Vroom: 253-798-3822
    Vroom was developed by a group of dedicated scientists, community leaders and trusted brands, with input from community organizations and families like yours. Together, we’re providing parents and caregivers with ways to boost early learning.

Social Services

Transportation

  • Pierce County Transit Shuttle for Disabled: 253-984-8216
    Provides transportation services for people with disabilities in the most integrated setting.
  • King County Metro: 206-205-5000
    Metro is committed to providing King County residents and visitors with valued transportation services, and our services extend to customers with special needs due to age or disabilities. All Metro buses are accessible to customers with disabilities. Metro also provides paratransit service for those who qualify.
  • Kitsap Transit ACCESS: 1-800-501-RIDE
    Kitsap Transit ACCESS buses provide transportation for seniors and people with disabilities who are unable to use Kitsap Transit regular routed buses some or all of the time. It is a shared ride service within Kitsap County, in compliance with the American’s with Disabilities Act. An application is required prior to service.

Health Resources

Health Departments

Mental Health

  • Catholic Community Services: 253-383-3697
    Mental health services for youth and families throughout Pierce County.
  • Comprehensive Life Resources: 253-396-5800
    Comprehensive Life Resources (formerly Comprehensive Mental Health) provides behavioral health services to the Tacoma and Pierce County community.  Our services include outpatient and community support services to adults, children and families, services to homeless individuals, housing services, foster care, and residential/inpatient services for both children and adults.
  • Greater Lakes Mental Healthcare: 253-584-8933
    A full-service community mental health center, providing behavioral healthcare to the citizens of Pierce County for 50 years.
  • HopeSparks Family Services: 253-565-4484
    HopeSparks is recognized as a leader in Pierce County in the fields of counseling, eating disorder recovery, early education, and support for families in crisis. More than 4,500 individuals turn to our agency in moments of need each year.
  • MultiCare Behavioral Health
    The largest mental health provider in Pierce County and offers services throughout Pierce and South King counties to help people along their road to recovery from mental health issues, as well as substance abuse and other addictions.

Pediatric Health

Pregnancy & Postpartum

  • Care Net of Puget Sound: 253-383-6033
    Free and confidential limited prenatal ultrasounds, pregnancy tests, STD screening, options education, baby supplies, and parenting support. Offered at no cost with no insurance needed. Locations throughout the South Sound.
  • Nurse-Family Partnership: 253-798-6403
    If you’re a first-time mom, you can get help from a personal nurse who will come to your home to offer advice, support, and a good laugh when you need it most, through your pregnancy and until your baby is 2 years old.
  • Perinatal Support Washington: 1-888-404-7763
    Offers perinatal mental health support to families through a free telephone line and new parent support groups.

Help to Quit Smoking

Substance Abuse